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Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?


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Jun 30, 2018
Categories: Health, Society

Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?

Article: Mother Katy Bullard alleges that an owner at Giovanna's Pizzeria in Alabama covered her with a dishrag because she was breastfeeding. Bullard claims that the owner approached her while she was breastfeeding and asked her to cover up because it offended the owner's Christian beliefs. However, Bullard refused, because Alabama law states that a mother can breastfeed in any public or private location, as long as the mother herself is permitted to be present in the area. In fact, 49 states have similar laws. Bullard says she was going to leave after communicating with the owner, but before she could do so, the owner placed a dishrag over her baby's head. The owner claims that she recieved complaints from other diners, and that Bullard had her breast completely visible. Bullard, however, claims she was using the "two shirt method" to cover her breast.  I admit I'm a little torn on this one. I personally think that breastfeeding in a restaurant is possibly inappropriate, but I also acknowledge that babies must be fed and that breastfeeding is a natural process. I also think citing one's Christian beliefs is rather silly, as there's nothing in the Bible (to my knowledge) about public breastfeeding. As far as what actually went on in the restaurant, I think that is hard to determine, due to the differing accounts of the owner and Bullard, and there's nothing we can really do about that. However, if the owner really did cover Bullard's child with a dishrag, I think that is an inappropriate response. What are opinions on this?  


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